John just keeps on truckin' at 80
JOHN Pink says he doesn’t see the sense in retirement.
At 80, he’s just passed his latest RTA test to keep driving trucks carting logs to sawmills across the region.
“People are always asking me when I’m finally going to give up working. I get that question so often that I just keep telling them I retire every night usually after eight o’clock,” John said.
“I retired last night and I’ll retire again today. Workin’ is the only thing that keeps me workin’.”
Possibly the longest serving truckie on the Coffs Coast, if not the country, John passed his latest driving test without a problem.
“Being at my advanced age, and I say that in inverted quotes, they thought I needed to be tested again to prove I can still drive a truck,” John said.
“I’ve held my truck drivers licence continuously since 1948.
“I’m pretty sure I know what I’m doing; I’ve been doing it my whole life.”
John’s Woolgoolga-based company, J and NJ Pink Log Contractors, operates a fleet of three trucks servicing local mills and timber yards.
On any given day, John can be found carting 25-metre logs.
“I’m semi-retired I guess; that’s about the best you’re gonna’ get, I’m gonna’ keep on truckin’.”